Procrastination is a hell of a drug. Don’t let it ruin your life. And, for the purpose of this post, don’t let procrastination cost you money. Today, Friday, March 8th, is the last day for the Disrupt NY early bird tickets. Today is the last day that you can score tickets at a hefty discount. Today!
With the extra early bird discount, the tickets are $1,795, which nets buyers an all-inclusive general admission conference pass. That pass gets you into all three days of the conference and each night’s after party. The price jumps to $1,999 tomorrow and $2,999 on April 11th.
Of course you could score the same ticket for free.
If you’re the adventurous type, participate in the Disrupt NY 24 hour Hackathon (shown below). Not only are you competing for some serious cash prizes, but all participants earn a ticket to Disrupt. Plus, you get to present your creation on the Disrupt stage in front of a panel of judges. It worked out well for GroupMe.
With a brand new venue and the largest number of Disrupt Battlefield applications of any Disrupt, this year’s New York City show is shaping up nicely. Save some money and get tickets early.
Lover.ly, a New York-based service which lets you discover and save wedding ideas in one, easy place, has just revealed a site redesign and a fresh rebrand.
The new look is quite impressive — gorgeous, actually — and so, we’re diving into the new designs head-first, comparing the old with the new to show you what’s changed and why it’s noteworthy.
Loverly’s new logo has come a long way since the startup’s humble beginnings; founder and CEO Kellee Khalil designed the first one herself back when the service first launched 13 months ago. The original certainly wasn’t terrible, but there was room for improvement. Here’s the new design, followed by the previous look:
The new logo, made by former Apple designer Gary Williams, is significantly simpler than the old, but is also more than just a swap from script type to a bold sans-serif. The heart “v” in particular is special, as it has become the company’s logomark. As you’ll see on the site, the logomark persists even when the logotype cannot, keeping branding present
Unlike the logo, Loverly’s site redesign was created internally by new hire Melissa Mandelbaum. She joined the team in the middle of December, after leaving Mixel (which was recently acquired by Etsy).
The previous site had taken the company quite far, but the search functionality was limited and the navigation complex. Khalil shared with us that it ended up looking like a “Mr. Potato Head product: there was a lot of design and functionality tacked on for testing.”
For the new site, Loverly set out to accomplish a number of goals:
Here’s the new design, followed by the previous design:
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Ensuring that Android smartphone and tablet owners are able to enjoy the same features as their iOS counterparts, Facebook has quietly launched its Pages Manager app on Google Play, just hours after it updated its iOS and Android Messenger apps to include voice messaging.
The Appside noticed the new Facebook app, which will provide Page admins with the opportunity to post new updates and photos across multiple pages, view and reply to private messages, receive Page notifications the minute someone interacts or comments on it, as well as delivering Page insights on a mobile device.
At the time of writing, the app appears to be available in only a limited number of regions. In the UK, we were unable to download the app to our various Android devices.
It’s taken a while for Facebook to bring its Pages Manager app to Android, having released an iOS version in May 2012. At present, the Android app isn’t as fully featured as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch version — which provides admins with options to add and promote Facebook Offers directly within the app — but it is the very first version of the app.
Facebook has kept quiet on its release, the company’s Pages Manager help page still notes: “Right now, the Pages Manager app is only available on iPhone and iPad”.
Back in September, a US judge ruled that a school district violated the First Amendment (freedom of speech) and Fourth Amendment (unreasonable search and seizure) rights of a 12-year-old student by forcing her to hand over her Facebook password to school officials who in turn used it to search for messages they deemed inappropriate. This month, another US judge has ordered that women suing their employer for sexual harassment must hand over cell phones, passwords to their email accounts, blogs, as well as to Facebook and other social networks.
The lawsuit, now over a year old, was brought to US district court by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and 20 to 22 women who worked at the Original HoneyBaked Ham. On November 7 (PDF), the case took quite a turn when Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty ordered the group of women to hand over account passwords so that a court-appointed forensic expert can review what they said about the case on the social network, as first reported by Eric Goldman (via Ars Technica).
The women charge that company manager James Jackman frequently groped them, made sexual requests of them, and that the corporate office failed to take action to stop his behavior after they reported it, more than once. Furthermore, the EEOC says multiple women were disciplined or discharged by the company for complaining to their superiors about the treatment.
Hegarty wrote that the company has shown that lead plaintiff Wendy Cabrera posted information on Facebook about what she hoped to get out of the suit monetarily:
Defendant has shown, for example, that Plaintiff-Intervenor Cabrera posted on her Facebook account statements that discuss her financial expectations in this lawsuit; a photograph of herself wearing a shirt with the word “CUNT” in large letters written across the front (a term that she alleges was used pejoratively against her, also alleging that such use offended her); musings about her emotional state in having lost a beloved pet as well as having suffered a broken relationship; other writings addressing her positive outlook on how her life was post-termination; her self-described sexual aggressiveness; statements about actions she engaged in as a supervisor with Defendant (including terminating a woman who is a class member in this case); sexually amorous communications with other class members; her post-termination employment and income opportunities and financial condition; and other information.
The judge said the forensic expert will review the information after he or she receives:
If you think that the judge’s ruling goes too far, here’s his counterargument:
Should the outcome be different because it is on one’s Facebook account? There is a strong argument that storing such information on Facebook and making it accessible to others presents an even stronger case for production, at least as it concerns any privacy objection. It was the claimants (or at least some of them) who, by their own volition, created relevant communications and shared them with others.
In other words, regardless of where information is stored on the Internet, if it’s relevant to a case, it should be handed over. It apparently doesn’t matter that handing over passwords gives away the entire contents of the women’s accounts, including irrelevant information as well as data protected under the Stored Communications Act.
For reference, the case is EEOC v. Original Honeybaked Ham Co. of Georgia, Inc.
Image credit: Vince Petaccio